Last Friday, May 8th, USDA announced the contract awards for the Farmers to Families Food Box Program. The contracted suppliers are listed by region and dollars awarded.

The $1.2 billion program, which will provide $461 million in fresh fruits and vegetables, $317 million in dairy products, $258 million in meat products and $175 million for combination boxes, may eventually be expanded to up to $3 billion.

Cory Lunde

In its fact sheet, Addressing PPE Needs in Non-Healthcare Setting, FEMA provides guidance on acquiring Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) during the current national shortage.

According to the guidance, if after minimizing the need for PPE through preservation strategies described in the fact sheet, PPE is still required by essential critical infrastructure workers to perform their duties, organizations should:

Cory Lunde

Tomorrow, Wednesday, May 13th, at 10:00 a.m. (PT), CDFA and the California Association of Food Banks (CAFB) will join Western Growers for a webinar discussing California's recent expansion of the Farm to Family Program, which will provide additional resources and funding to support farm donations to food banks during this critical time.

Statewide food banks are facing significant demand and farm operations may have supply availability, as foodservice and other retail outlets are impacted by COVID-19. 

Cory Lunde


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